So if you're like me you have one gear, which is "GO"! Trust me, having that particular gear at my disposal has been an enormous advantage. For real, it's great. I usually can outpace others who are doing similar things, I can respond faster to things when I hear a request to do so (Because I say yes, and then I think about how to do it), and lastly it makes it 'seem' as if I'm making a lot of progress. Cool, right? NOPE!
But to keep this 100% real, I'd rather trade that gear in for a more sustainable gear. The biggest problem with this "go-gear" is that most of the time it makes me completely disregard why I'm feeling the way I am. It's like having a 2015 Jeep Wrangler, taking it off road, and when its time to change the oil and perform other routine maintenance, you hit the trail again. Eventually there will be a break down. Of course the jeep will look nice and shiny from the outside, but the engine may be working overtime to complete what should be an easy task. Stopping to think about why you're feeling the way you are is literally the maintenance you need to keep it moving. You can interpret the stress, and decode the anxiety. Yes!!
But let's consider the collateral damage. Got a team you work with? What about a family you're raising? Yea, that. It's not just you who is living with the lack of maintenance. It's everyone around you. You're the Jeep, and your family and your team are the other cars on the road. They need you to run well in order to keep that positive traffic flow.
So do yourself a favor today. When you feel anxious or nervous, just write down what it is you're feeling. Act as if the paper is the therapist, and you have to let it all out. I promise you, you'll love how maintenance will feel.
Tell me about your experience with this. I'd love to hear it.
~Wesley The Keeper